Frequently Asked Questions about St. Louise School
What is the school’s history?
St. Louise is a grade pre-K through 8, co-ed, Roman Catholic school which was opened in 1961 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. We continue more than half-a-century later with a committed lay staff who carry on the Catholic school traditions of providing a values-based education with high academic standards taught in lovingly-disciplined classrooms. We are known for having strongly supportive parent volunteers and a well-rounded curriculum that is infused with Gospel values.
Can you tell me about the faculty, administration, and staff?
The St. Louise teaching faculty is comprised of 29 teachers, including specialists in math, reading, art, music, computer, physical education, library, Spanish, and student-support. The staff also includes six instructional assistants, four before-and-after-school care supervisors, a technology support specialist, a school nurse, and various administrative support staff. The principal is Dan Fitzpatrick, who has been the administrator at St. Louise since 1988 – making him the longest serving principal at the same school among the 73 other Catholic schools in Western Washington. Mike Fuerte, who was once a student himself at St. Louise, is our vice-principal.
Are there extra-curricular activities available for my child?
All grade K-8 students have different opportunities to participate in extra-curricular offerings. K-8 students may participate in soccer and cross country athletic programs, while grade 4-8 students are also able to play on our basketball, volleyball, baseball, and track teams. We compete in the CYO league (Catholic Youth Organization) against other Catholic schools in King County. A robotics club, a Spanish language class, a drama program, a competitive speech team, a competitive math team, a chess club, a choir, a math club, an art club, and a science club are offered after school for various grade levels. Band is offered before school for grade 5-8 students. Fifth graders comprise our safety patrol program, sixth graders participate in a weeklong, overnight, environmental education camp near Mt. Rainier, and seventh and eighth graders attend weekly elective classes, which enrich their education by providing unique learning experiences not typically offered to middle school students.
What are some of the unique features of St. Louise School?
- Daily prayer and religion classes are the backbone of the religion curriculum with bi-monthly all-school liturgies and Masses. Service projects are conducted school-wide and by individual classes.
- A pre-kindergarten class for four year-olds meets four mornings a week. With a teacher and an instructional assistant, the maximum student to teacher ratio in Pre-K is 9:1. There is an option for preschoolers to attend an extended day, dismissing at the regular 3:00 dismissal time for the older students. This extended day program has a 7:1 student to teacher ratio.
- Kindergarten classes attend for the full-day, with a full-time teacher and an instructional assistant, for a student to teacher ratio of no more than 13:1.
- All other grade levels consist of two classes per grade, with a maximum class size of 26, and some classes as few as 15.
- With 375 students in grades Pre-K through 8th, the student to teacher ratio for the entire school on average is 14:1.
- St. Louise is a parent participation school. Our families are strengthened by greater school involvement, while our children benefit in innumerable ways from their parents working as library workers, classroom helpers, office assistants, and playground supervisors, to name just a few.
- St. Louise is state approved and accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA).
- Fundraising is an integral part of our revenue, allowing tuition to stay at an affordable rate. All families participate in four major fundraising events: the Auction, the Annual School Gift Campaign, Charger Cards (scrip), and a Walk-a-thon.
- Financial assistance based on need is available, and approximately 10% of our students qualify for these scholarships.
Are the curriculum and test scores of high quality?
The curriculum at St. Louise consists of religion, language arts, reading, social studies, science, math, physical education, computer education, library skills, art, music, handwriting, Spanish, personal safety, and drug education, with a study skills program integrated throughout the curriculum. All curricular areas are updated and evaluated by the staff on a regular basis. High academic expectations from our teachers are one of the reasons why we have hard working students and well above average scores in our national assessment – the MAP Growth tests. These assessments in the areas of reading, language arts, and math are taken in grades 2-8, and St. Louise students perform above the national norm and above the norm for the Seattle Archdiocese on the MAP Growth. Furthermore, our 8th grade graduates who desire a Catholic or private high school are admitted at a near 100% admissions rate to all these high schools in King County, and later matriculate to impressive universities.
Do you offer before and after school child care?
Affordable daycare is provided by the St. Louise Kids’ Club on-site between 7:00 and 8:20 a.m. and between 3:00 and 5:45 p.m. (2:00 and 5:45 p.m. on Mondays). Space is limited, as the maximum enrollment in Kids’ Club is 70 children. Children accepted for admission to St. Louise School are not necessarily admitted to Kids’ Club. For more information on the program regarding application and fees, please go to our website - http://www.stlouiseschool.org/ - and click on “ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS.”.
What does it cost to give my child a Catholic school education?
St. Louise Parish School’s tuition is the most affordable of all the Catholic schools on the greater Eastside (i.e. Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Mercer Island). Our tuition is based on the number of children in a family enrolled at St. Louise and the family’s parishioner status. A reduced “contributing parishioner” tuition rate is available for registered, and stewardship-contributing parishioners from St. Louise Parish or any of these Catholic parishes on the Eastside:
- Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Sammamish
- Holy Innocents Parish, Duvall
- St. Teresa Parish, Woodinville
- St. Jude Parish, Redmond
- St. Anthony Mission, Carnation
Please note that the standards to be considered a “contributing parishioner” are established by each parish’s administration. Tuition may be paid on a monthly basis from July through June. The tuition rates may be found on the “ADMISSIONS” page of our school website - http://www.stlouiseschool.org/.
What are the steps to apply for admissions?
A complete packet to submit for admissions consideration includes an application form, tuition contract, application fee, current report card and standardized test scores, a recommendation from the child’s current teacher, and an addendum form noting past evaluations/accommodations. For kindergarten entrance, a readiness assessment is conducted by our teachers after all paperwork is received. For junior high students, an interview with the administration may be conducted. Informal testing of students may be required in other grade levels.